rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Definition of replica

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist a replica of this was painted … this year— Constance Strachey
2 : a copy exact in all details DNA makes a replica of itself sailed a replica of the Viking ship broadly : copy this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb — G. F. Kennan

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reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.

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The centerpiece, a replica of Rome’s Trevi Fountain, was surrounded by white garden furniture, roses, and a dreamy circulation of Negronis, Veuve, and espresso martinis. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Natalia Vodianova Puts the Fabulous in Her Fabulous Fund Fair With Vuitton, Dior, and Stella McCartney Goodies Up for Grabs," 20 Feb. 2019 The model, after all, was not some garage hobbyist’s replica, but rather an experimental tool used to test out massive infrastructural interventions on the country’s most important river system. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 The show follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously brought into an exact replica of their wealthy New England town, except there are no parents, no governing officials, nada. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Watch the Trailer for Netflix's "The Society," the Thrilling New Series That's a Modern Take on "Lord of the Flies"," 4 Apr. 2019 There was a replica of the Hotel de Paris and the dance floor was in the shape of a swimming pool, and as always, in honor of Princess Grace’s favorite flowers, thousands of roses everywhere. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Princess Caroline Wore Her Mother Grace Kelly's Pearls for the First Time Since Her Death," 1 Apr. 2019 Up above, a replica of the getaway helicopter in the film served as a chandelier; down below, guests found themselves in their own jungle adventure in the middle of New York City. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The World Premiere of Netflix’s Triple Frontier Welcomed Guests to the Jungle," 4 Mar. 2019 It is accompanied by her wedding earrings and a silk replica of her bouquet. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Reveals That Her Wedding Reception Gown Was Inspired By Grace Kelly," 28 Feb. 2019 Many of the narco tombs are far less modest, including a Taj Mahal copy complete with air conditioning units and windows in the shape of the cross on the side of this replica of Islam’s most famous piece of architecture. Tim Macfarlan, Fox News, "The Sinaloa cemetery: How drug traffickers show off their wealth in death with gaudy tombs costing up to $500,000," 19 July 2018 The product is designed as a home device that’s both prop replica and Bluetooth speaker system. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Talking to Master Replicas’ Hal 9000 smart speaker sent chills down my spine," 6 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of replica

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

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The first known use of replica was in 1824

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English Language Learners Definition of replica

: an exact or very close copy of something


rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Kids Definition of replica

: a very exact copy

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